Is Chinese Garlic a Threat to National Security?

Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“Is a staple ingredient in your kitchen secretly undermining American sovereignty? Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) seems to believe so. He’s asked Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to investigate whether garlic imported from China constitutes a national security threat — yes, really. This would potentially be the first step toward imposing more tariffs or limiting imports. … ‘If our food is not safe to eat,’ he wrote, ‘we cannot expect our men and women in uniform to be equipped and able to do their jobs.’ Notably, Scott did not provide any tangible evidence of Americans — in uniform or otherwise — being sickened by imported garlic. Rather than responding to a real threat to national security, the senator seems to be merely exploiting a loophole that allows economic protectionism.” (for publication 06/24)